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Ztam art gallery

The Ztam Art Gallery is based at the hospice’s Lugley Street shop in Newport, and is the idea of Kelly Murdoch. She said: “Ztam Art was a long held dream of mine, to help other photographers and artists to get their work out on display to the public. Due to my health, I’ve not been able to do as much photography as I would like, so I am now focusing on helping others and, in the process, helping to raise funds for the hospice.”

All future Ztam Art exhibitions will be staged in the new gallery, with a new themed exhibition every four weeks. All photography and artwork can be purchased, with 25% of the sale price donated to Earl Mountbatten. The gallery is open from 9:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Saturday, and the current exhibition runs until Thursday, 4 January 2018.

If you are interested in taking part on one of Ztam Arts’ exhibitions, email us or visit their Facebook page @ztamart for more information.

December 2017 exhibition "Our Lovely Island"
The opening exhibition is called “Our Lovely Island” and includes work by Kelly Murdoch, Ann Lewis, Sam Phillips, Ricky Ashanollah and Radek Gora, as well as a group of young inspiring photographers. See below for further details:

Anne Axford - Local Island Artist
Living on the Island for four decades, I am lucky to have access to plenty of inspiration. I paint mainly in watercolour, but also find working with gold leaf intriguing and it sometimes works into my paintings.
Animals are often at the heart of a painting, and I aim to make people smile with an often surprising twist on what I see. Why not a highland cow with purple horns? Why not a blue cat, or a fat gull looking across the Solent? I like to capture something different from the norm and get the character of the subject shining through.
I’m a member of the Ryde Art Collective and exhibit around the island with TRAC, but also solo. My work can sometimes be seen at the People’s Gallery in Ryde High Street.

Kelly Murdoch - Ztam Photography
I am self taught in Photography, Post Processing & Design. My passion is Aviation Photography. For me, there's nothing like capturing the speed of the Red Arrows and the gracefulness of a Spitfire. I also take my hand to any other kinds of photography ,including Model/Portraits, Animals, Land and Seascapes. I just love capturing that moment in time.
I am fully self taught, learning my skills from my father's love and passion for photography and developing my own skills along the way through working in various areas of the industry. Like my Father, I share his love and specialisation for Aviation Photography, which is now where the main focus of my work is. It all started off 16 years ago when my Nan bought me my first camera, a little Fuji Digital camera. Now I use a Canon 7d MK11 and wouldn't be without it. I use my love for photography as one of the things that keep me going. I was born with Spina bifida and have never really let that stop me, even when my childhood was spent having endless operations. Recently it has been discovered that I now have Syringomyelia, Chiari, and Diastematomyelia.  People think that even having one condition is awful but to have all three is well..... let's say challenging.
I am grateful for everything I have in life including my Photography. While I can carry on I will but sadly there will be a day when I won't. Until that day I will search for ways to carry on and I will still capture those precious moments in time.

Ann Lewis
Ann is an amateur photographer, based in East Cowes. She has lived on the Island since 2008, moving here with her husband after 36 years in Brighton.
Ann made her first photographs with a Kodak Brownie camera at around 10 years of age, and has always loved creating pictures. She was especially glad when digital photography arrived, giving her scope to be more in control of her images. While working as a self-employed leadership coach between 2003 and 2016, Ann used her own photos to create a welcoming look for her websites.
Since retiring, Ann has made photography her main interest. Working mainly with a Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 camera, chosen for its light weight, big sensor and good stability (she prefers to work mostly hand-held), Ann has been happily exploring the wonderful landscapes of the Island, its seasons, ever-changing light and glorious views. She’s become known locally for capturing East Cowes sunsets, and she also finds inspiration in the garden, any garden.
Ann has chosen a variety of images for this exhibition, from Ryde sands, empty and inviting just out of season, to a chilly and beautiful twilight over Wootton Millpond, a spectacular sunset, and a misty view of the Medina.
All sales will help the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. Additionally, any profit from sales of Ann’s canvases at the exhibition will go to MAD-Aid, an Island-based charity that supports disabled children and adults in Moldova, the poorest country in Europe. Since its launch five years ago, MAD-Aid has transported unwanted medical equipment, some from the hospice, some from St Mary’s, to poorly-resourced Moldovan hospitals, and has created a day centre and early intervention facility for disabled children and young people in the north of the country. Ann is a Trustee of MAD-Aid.

Sam Phillips
I am now 29 years old and a dad of two boys. I currently shoot with a Nikon d7200 and 5d mark ii.
I find photography incredibly calming and find it helps me to express my feelings, which I find particularly hard due to having autism. I prefer to be alone and photography has enabled me to enjoy something solitary that makes me feel at ease and allows me to escape all my fears and anxieties. It has also given me added confidence to interact with people, photography enables me to show off my creativity through the art of photography, I love to capture unique moments in time that will never present its self in the same way again. I have a great interest in all aspects of photography however landscapes, seascapes and portraits are my main domain, I have always been fascinated by space and have followed the efforts of NASA and ESA for many years. I am now focusing my skills on astrophotography as it is something that I am very passionate about and I feel I can showcase the island in a different light.
I was diagnosed with autism later in life and truly appreciate all the help and support I have received throughout the process therefore I will also be donating a further 5% of all my sales to the Autism alliance in the hope I can help another young adult like myself.

Radek Gora
I am a  Polish - born photographer based on the Isle of Wight. My interest in photography started as a teenager, but I took it to the next stage 10 years ago, buying my first DSLR camera.
My primary subject used to be landscape photography till I discovered Macro world. Insects and their tiny environment offer the macro photographer an unlimited amount of colour, texture and physical architecture to explore. My adventure with photography didn’t stop there, it took me underwater where I can link two great passions: photography and scuba diving. This in turn led on to the fascinating exploration of the not very widely known Infrared photography. Lately I work more with people and portraiture.

Ricky Ashanollah
I moved to the Island back in 1976 and went to Sandown High School ,which is where I met my wife Debbie. We have been married for 38 years and 2 children and 5 grandchildren. My hobbies are photography and walking our dog. I started photography about 5 years ago, but really got into it more about 3 years ago when I upgraded my camera. This is my first exhibition I hope you like it.

Young inspiring photographers

Kye Elliott
I am 11 years old and have recently become interested in photography. This photo was taken on my phone whilst out walking with my family.
I enjoy taking photos around St Helens and often snap opportunities whenever I can! 
I am hoping for a bridge camera for my birthday or for Christmas and then I can start snapping away!

Rhys wright
I am currently 15, most of my photos are Macro of flowers or landscapes. However, I do dabble in portraits from time to time. My photos tend to be taken on the island ranging from Bembridge to The Needles.

Jack Charge
I’m a 15 year old photographer that lives on the Isle of Wight. I got my first camera about 3 years ago photography has become a passion of mine. I enjoy taking landscape and macro photos. I like photography because you can capture moments and remember them forever but you can also make people see things in a different way.

Mollee Chandler
I'm 17 and I first started getting into photography when I was pulled out of main stream schooling and home educated. It quickly became and continues to be a hobby, as well as coping method, to help deal with the every day stresses of life. I'd love to be able to combine my passion for photography and graphics and turn this into a career.


"They look after you and they're so caring. I'm not frightened of dying."


Chrissie Fenton, patient